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Jakarta Post

Saving forests to maintain biodiversity

  • Adianto P. Simamora

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, May 25 2010   /  10:03 am

Forestry Minister Zulkifli Hasan said his office would restore 300,000 hectares of damaged forest per year to maintain biodiversity, which has come under serious threat from deforestation and development.Minister Zulkifli has issued permits to restore 200,000 hectares of damaged forest in Sumatra and East Kalimantan this year.“We will also focus on enforcing the law on the illegal trade of species or illicit forest conversion in protected and conservation areas,” he told reporters at celebrations of the International Year of Biodiversity in Jakarta on Monday.“We hope the huge restoration program can revitalize the previous function of the forest and preserve its biodiversity,” he said.He said the ministry would prioritize increasing the population of endangered species over the next four years.“We admit the threats of biodiversity loss are still very high due to among others, e...